New attorney a former Grand County resident
For Alan Hassler, Grand County’s selection for county attorney, his new job will a bit of a homecoming.
Hassler, who was named as County Attorney Anthony “Jack” DiCola’s successor on Tuesday, June 23, grew up in Kremmling and lived in Grand County for 27 years.
Hassler currently lives in Grand Junction with his wife Karla, where he runs a private practicing working primarily in real estate and business law, he said.
“We had four very qualified applicants competing for this position and we felt Mr. Hassler was the best qualified fit for the county.” wrote Commissioner Merrit Linke in a press release. “Mr. Hassler was extremely well prepared for this interview and was very familiar with the current issues facing the county. We felt this would allow for a very smooth transition into the position.”
Hassler graduated from West Grand High School and got his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Colorado, according to the press release. He received his doctorate from Washburn Law School in Topeka, Kan.
After leaving Kremmling, Hassler worked for nine years as the assistant county attorney in Mesa County before starting a private practice handling contract work for counties and special districts, he said.
During that time, Hassler represented the Town of Kremmling, Town of Hot Sulphur Springs, Kremmling Memorial Hospital District and others.
Hassler has also served as the county attorney for Rio Blanco County.
“I’ve always been attracted to government practice,” Hassler said. “I think part of the attraction is that it’s made to help a lot of people. A lot of the time we don’t feel the government is helping us when the government is around, and I think working through the government is a good way to serve society.”
Hassler added that he’s looking forward to an assured workload as county attorney.
Hassler’s first day will be July 6.
Commissioners discuss retainer for DiCola
The Grand County Board of Commissioners discussed retaining DiCola following his departure from the county at its June 23 meeting.
“The reason that we are even entering into a conversation with this agreement is because of several ongoing cases that Mr. DiCola has a huge amount of historical knowledge about, and we don’t want to just end that in the middle of the case,” Linke said. “So that’s why we have even brought up this conversation.”
The agreement would see Grand County continue to pay DiCola a $3,000 retainer each month for 12 hours of work.
The retainer would be paid regardless of whether the 12 hours are used.
The county would be billed $250 for any additional hour.
It’s unclear how long the county would pay to retain DiCola.
Assistant County Attorney Robert “Bob” Franek questioned whether the 12 hours would roll over from one month to the next if DiCola didn’t use them all.
“What happens if he doesn’t work the 12 hours?,” Franek said. “That’s the question I have. Does it roll over to the next month?”
Commissioner Kris Manguso suggested letting Hassler review DiCola’s retainer agreement, which other commissioners agreed with.
The board will revisit the matter later this month.
Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.
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